1st Edition

Art Conservation
Mechanical Properties and Testing of Materials

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ISBN 9789814877688
March 31, 2021 Forthcoming by Jenny Stanford Publishing
200 Pages

USD $129.95

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Book Description

Conservators and other museum professionals face a large number of issues in their work which involve the mechanical behavior of materials. These include questions on craquelure, restoration of physically damaged objects, the risks of art in transport, or the selection of adhesives. However, when it comes to science, conservation training programs and museum studies curricula focus mostly on chemistry. This book fills this important gap in conservation training. It is the first such book written specifically for the conservation community and the professional with little or no background in (mechanical) engineering. It provides an introduction to the basics of mechanical properties and behavior of materials and objects with examples and exercises based on conservation practice. It discusses more complex issues of mechanical loading of objects and advanced concepts used to solve them. The author has an experience of almost 20 years in the aircraft and energy industries on the mechanical properties and life of engineering components, followed by 20 years in the conservation science world dealing, among others, with issues of vibrations and shock, and the mechanical testing of conservation materials.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Static Mechanical Properties

3. Dynamic Mechanical Properties

4. Mechanical Testing

5. Advanced Concepts

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William (Bill) Wei is a senior conservation scientist in the Research Department of the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands. He has a BSE in mechanical engineering from Princeton University (1977) and a PhD in materials science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1983). Before working in the cultural heritage field, he spent almost 20 years in industrial research and development in the areas of advanced materials, mechanical properties, fracture mechanics and fatigue, and corrosion. Dr. Wei has been conducting research into and consulting on the effects of vibrations and mechanical stresses on the condition of fragile works of art and cultural heritage for more than 20 years. He also conducts research into the effects of cleaning and treatments of objects on their appearance, including the use of non-contact roughness measurements to study surface changes, as well as for the identification of objects using "fingerprints"; the effect of aging and cleaning on the surface, appearance and perception of face-mounted photographs, daguerreotypes, paintings, and outdoor sculpture; and effect of dust on the condition and perception of objects. His main area of interest is how conservation decisions are influenced by the differing perception of objects by art historians, conservation scientists, conservators, curators, directors, and other collections staff. Dr. Wei has trained as a Socratic dialogue moderator and organized and moderated over 30 dialogues in the past seven years to help museums and conservation professionals understand each other’s and their own views on issues such as conservation ethics for moveable and immovable cultural heritage; the value of conservation and the profession; the conservation of photographs, contemporary art, and digitization; the value of archaeological work; and the subject of dust in museums.